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Lydia Pense & Cold Blood

A San Francisco-based R&B band originally formed by guitarist Larry Field as the "New Invaders" in the wake of the Summer of Love, Cold Blood had the key elements of strong female vocalist, a fine guitarist, and a powerful horn section. After successful gigs at Golden Gate Park and at the Fillmore, they were signed by impresario Bill Graham to his new San Francisco Records label, on which they released their self-titled debut in 1969. Four more albums followed over the next five years -- in fact, later efforts boasted the production and musical contributions of Steve Cropper -- but all were hamstrung by Graham's underhanded distribution deals with Columbia and Atlantic.

Though the debut's single "You've Got Me Humming" crawled up to number 52 on the American charts, Cold Blood seemed doomed to labor in the shadow of bands like Tower of Power, Chicago, and especially Janis Joplin. The latter comparison became endemic among critics; for although blues belter joined Field's band as its youngest member -- she had formerly been, of all things, a childhood national rollerskating champion -- her magnetic stage presence established her as the band's central force. Eventually, the band billed itself as Lydia Pense With Cold Blood, and even released an album simply titled Lydia. Joplin sensed a kindred soul; after screaming at Cold Blood for scooping her on a blistering cover of "Piece of My Heart," she warmed to Pense enough to give her a swig of Southern Comfort.

After hitting increasingly lower tier venues in San Francisco by the late '70s, Cold Blood disbanded for most of the next decade; Pense focused her energies on child rearing. By the late '80s, the band slowly awoke from its long sleep, and they began regular features on California's festival and fair circuit. A 1998 return to their Fillmore stomping ground brought out the band's faithful. ~ Paul Collins, Rovi
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STARTED LISENING TO CB IN 70'S. GOOD TO BE BACK.
dlp539
cold blood thriller no better music talk about jamming
sjhenchmen
ALWAYS ENJOYED HER VOICE AND THE BAND THANKS TO PANDORA I CAN HEAR THEM AGAIN
unclebarry89
Have every record (remember those) these guys made. Would love to see them play. How about a tour through the CA. desert?? Palm Springs, Palm Desert etc. Let's do it.
love the band...fond memories of the really old stuff tho...esp. an album lights out w/ dusty street...
lcsanjose
great horn section!
Grew up with Lydia and family back in the S.F bay area. Brother in law played with the band The New Invaders back in the day. Saw Lydia and Cold Blood here in Paradise Ca. and they sounded the same as they did back in the day. Still make you want to get up and dance. You go .
anne.pacelli
Lydia Pense has been my Muse, my inspiration for so many years. Just saw her in CT this past weekend - they kicked the doors down!!! We had such a fantastic evening at Infinity Hall. God Bless Lydia and her brilliant band - she's still got it, yes she does, every single bit.
Rocked the last Heritage Festival June 26,2011 Sacramento, Ca. at the Horseman's Club...Thank s Lydia and Cold Blood...Jeff
I seen them at Lewis University, Romeoville Illinois with the group Crow and they were just great!!!!!!
loves it!!!
I love Lydia Pense. I have mixed her sound live several times and she makes my blood boil,turns my spine into guava jelly, blinds me, nurses me back to wellness then kicks me down the stairs, turns me inside out, gives me crying and laughing fits...and lulls me to restful sleep---ALL in one performance. And I LOVE it!!

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